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6 Ways to Save Big at Walt Disney World

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A Disney vacation is hard to beat. Where else can your family soar into the sky with Dumbo, set sail on a wild jungle cruise, and then check into a mysterious Hollywood hotel — all in one day? However, the happiest place on earth comes with a hefty price tag if you don’t plan ahead. Here are six ways to save big on your next visit to Disney World.

6 Tips for Saving Money at Disney World

1. Travel during low season

Disney World is always packed with visitors. However, if you avoid visiting during certain peak travel times (including Spring Break, the week of Thanksgiving, and Christmas through the New Year), you’ll experience lower prices and smaller crowds.

Park entry pricing is seasonally based. Each month is divided into value, regular and peak days with an 8 to 11 month calendar available for viewing online. Here’s an example: if you plan a September visit, you’ll have a variety of options, including many days in the value period, which will give you the opportunity to pay less for a 1-Day ticket. If you plan to visit during a peak period, like the winter holidays, you’ll pay more. Choosing multi-day tickets and annual passes will provide additional flexibility and value.

2. Spend the night off the Disney property

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is located minutes from Disney and offers a wide range of free, family-focused amenities. You’ll want to dedicate some days to simply playing at the amazing lagoon-style pool, with its slick slide and lazy river. Check out fellow Hilton Mom Voyage member Mary Ellen’s raving review of Hilton Bonnet Creek.

3. Download the Disney App and plan your daily itinerary pre-trip

Time is money at Disney, and you won’t want to waste a minute on your smartphone when you could be catching your kids’ smiles. Pre-trip, the My Disney Experience Mobile App gives you access to a GPS-enabled map, attraction wait times, showtimes, and the ability to make dining and Fast-Pass reservations. Plus you can share your plans with others through the Family&Friends function.

4. Consider adding the Disney Dining Plan to your Disney package

The Disney Dining Plan can save you money and time. Add the plan to your package, and you’ll receive credits for your daily meals and snacks. All you need to do is tap your MagicBand to your server’s smart sensor and you’re good to go. You can track your meals with the receipt your server will provide you, which displays your remaining meal balance, or just check on your My Disney Experience app.

5. Avoid the common spending pitfall: gift shops

Satisfy your child’s souvenir cravings by shopping before you hit Disney. Many dollar stores have cute Disney-themed items. Also bring a small spiral notebook to be used as an autograph book. Your kids will love collecting the John Hancocks of all their favorite characters.

6. Bring water bottles and snacks from home

Save money and the environment by bringing a water bottle for each family member and refilling at the many drinking fountains around the park. Also keep some easy, healthy snacks on hand so you can keep rumbling tummies full and avoid falling victim to the sugar highs of expensive ice cream and other treats around the parks.

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Walt Disney World photo by Josh Hallett/ CC BY-SA 2.0

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